Robert and Doug Yates, owners of the No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion, have decided to put Kenny Wallace behind the wheel for Saturday night's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway, replacing the injured Ricky Rudd. Doug...
Robert and Doug Yates, owners of the No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion, have decided to put Kenny Wallace behind the wheel for Saturday night's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway, replacing the injured Ricky Rudd. Doug Yates cited the fill-in job Wallace did for the team in the nineties as one of the reasons he was selected.
DOUG YATES -- co-owner, No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT RICKY RUDD'S CONDITION AT THIS POINT? "Basically, Ricky has got some stretched tendons and he needs a little bit of time for them to heal on their own."
KENNY WALLACE WILL FILL IN THIS WEEKEND, AND HE'S HELPED OUT YOUR ORGANIZATION IN THE PAST. "He sure has. When we were transitioning in the '90s when Davey [Allison] had his accident, Kenny drove for us for a little bit. We had some pretty good performances, and we had a good time -- obviously, Kenny's a talented race-car driver, but he's also a lot of fun to be around."
WHEN YOU GO INTO A RACE WEEKEND WITH A FILL-IN DRIVER, DOES THE TEAM'S MINDSET CHANGE? "I think the big focus for this weekend is to try to come away with a decent showing and maintain some points. We're not expecting Kenny to go out and do any more than the car will do, but we feel like we've done our homework and we've tested this car a lot, so we feel like we're pretty prepared for this weekend at Richmond. So, really, just go out and try to make the most out of the race and see what we can come away with."
DOES RICHMOND POSE ANY PARTICULAR CHALLENGES FOR A TEAM WITH A NEW DRIVER? "I think of any of the tracks that you're going to go to that fit Kenny, the short tracks are probably some of his best tracks. I know we had some really good runs at Martinsville with him, and I believe at Richmond as well, so this kind of suits his style. That should make it even more interesting for the team, and hopefully we can do a good job together."
IS RICKY RUDD EXPECTED TO MISS MORE THAN ONE WEEK, OR IS THIS A WAIT-AND-SEE-TYPE DEAL? "It's a little bit of a wait-and-see-type deal, but it didn't seem like it's going to be that long. But, then again, everybody heals differently. Ricky Rudd is probably one of the toughest guys out there and always has been known for his never-give-up attitude and tenaciousness. Hopefully he won't be out of the car too long, but at the same, we respect his healing process, and we'll get through it as a team."
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